Mid-Week Missouri Faith Fix: Volleyball, Extreme Home Makeover and Baptists

On Sunday, Broadway Christian Church in Columbia had a dinner with the Muslim community to create friendship and understanding between the two religions. The book, “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammad Cross the Road” inspired them.

Christians and Muslims came together for a potluck dinner at Broadway Christian Church on Sunday (June 23).

Christians and Muslims came together for a potluck dinner at Broadway Christian Church on Sunday (June 23).

Two other groups got together this week for a common cause in Kansas City. Members from Abundant Life Baptist Church and members of Kansas City Atheist Coalition came together for a friendly game of volleyball. All proceeds went to Drumm Family Farm, an organization that helps foster children.

Everybody Eats founder Almeta Crayton has been helping the Columbia community for years, and the community is now giving back to her. Fairview Road Church of Christ has selected her for this year's project “Extreme Home Makeover Fairview Road Edition.”

Almeta Crayton collects monetary donations for her Thanksgiving program Everybody Eats inside Moser's Discount Foods. The program provides a Thanksgiving meal for those who can't afford one.

Almeta Crayton collects monetary donations for her Thanksgiving program Everybody Eats inside Moser’s Discount Foods. The program provides a Thanksgiving meal for those who can’t afford one.

A man in North Kansas City was mowing his lawn when he ran over something unusual – his toe. Being an avid runner, he looked to God to find strength and support in his recovery.

On the other side of the state: The National Baptist Convention was in St. Louis this past week. More than 30,000 Baptists attended.

A pastor from Community Protestant United Church of Christ in Mundelein, Ill., just north of Chicago, visited Springfield this week. This is just one of his stops as he drives down historic Route 66 sharing his faith.

In national news, presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been named the new CEO of EchoLight Studies, a Dallas-based company that makes films for Christian audiences.

In Washington a group of pastors from the Evangelical Immigration Table are leading a week of prayer for immigrants and Congress, as Congress continues to vote on a comprehensive immigration measure.

Alan Chambers is the president of Exodus International, a support group for men and women who are struggling with the sexuality. Photo courtesy Exodus International

Alan Chambers is the president of Exodus International, a support group for men and women who are struggling with the sexuality. Photo courtesy Exodus International

Exodus International officially announced it will be closing its doors. They were a Christian ministry that was a support group for people struggling with their sexual orientation and believed they could become straight through prayer and counseling. Exodus International President, Alan Chambers, has released a statement apologizing.

Heather Adams

About Heather Adams

Heather Adams is a junior at MU. She is majoring in convergence journalism and religious studies. She's been reporting for Columbia Faith & Values as an intern since the site was launched, and she served as an intern in summer 2013. Now, she volunteers as a reporter and also helps with site marketing and community engagement.

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